chock

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv chock as completely as possible "it was chock-a-block full"
    • v chock support on chocks "chock the boat"
    • v chock secure with chocks
    • n chock a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chock (Naut) A heavy casting of metal, usually fixed near the gunwale. It has two short horn-shaped arms curving inward, between which ropes or hawsers may pass for towing, mooring, etc.
    • Chock A wedge, or block made to fit in any space which it is desired to fill, esp. something to steady a cask or other body, or prevent it from moving, by fitting into the space around or beneath it.
    • n Chock An encounter. "With kindly counter under mimic shade."
    • adv Chock (Naut) Entirely; quite; as, chock home; chock aft.
    • v. t Chock To encounter.
    • v. i Chock To fill up, as a cavity. "The woodwork . . . exactly chocketh into joints."
    • v. t Chock To stop or fasten, as with a wedge, or block; to scotch; as, to chock a wheel or cask.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chock A variant of choke.
    • chock Entirely; fully; as far as possible: used in the nautical phrases chock aft, chock home, etc.
    • chock An obsolete variant of shock.
    • chock To throw with a quick motion; toss; pitch: same as chuck, 2.
    • n chock A block or piece of wood or other material, more or less wedge-shaped when specially prepared, used to prevent movement, as by insertion behind the props of a ship's cradle, under the sides of a boat on deck, under the wheels of a carriage, etc.—
    • n chock In ship-building, a block of approximately triangular shape, used to unite the head and heel of consecutive timbers.—
    • n chock Nautical, a block having hornshaped projections extending partly over a recess in the middle, in which a cable or hawser is placed while being hauled in or on: called distinctively a warping-chock.—
    • n chock In coal-mining, a pillar built of short square blocks of wood from 2½ to 6 feet long, laid crosswise, two and two, so as to form a strong support for the roof: used especially in long-wall working. This kind of support has the advantage of being easily knocked apart for removal. Also called nog, cog, and clog-pack.—
    • chock Nautical, to secure by putting a chock into or under: as, to chock the timbers of a ship; to chock a cask.
    • chock To fill up a cavity like a chock.
    • n chock A block of wood, especially one for burning. See chuck, 1.
    • n chock A thick unsawed block of wood. See chock and log.
    • n chock plural Blocks of wood or stone placed on a harrow, roller, or other machine to give it weight or steadiness.
    • n chock In turnery, same as chuck, 5.
    • n chock A rut-like hole in a road.
    • chock To check the motion of, as by a chock.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Chock chok to fasten as with a block or wedge
    • n Chock a wedge to keep a cask from rolling: a log
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. choquer,. Cf. Shock (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

The prisons are chock full of them, and the mass held in abhorrence.
"Penshurst Castle" by Emma Marshall
It's absolutely chock full.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
Scotty untied the parking ropes and pulled out the wheel chocks, then got into his seat.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
The gun jumped right over the chocks set behind its wheels and flew back about six feet.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
A never-ending procession of caravans traversed the streets, which were chock full of wounded and dying.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
They're so chock full o' savee, ther' ain't no use in thumpin' more into 'em.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
Its motor was already roaring with power and the plane's stubby wheels strained against the chocks.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
He had shoved the chock out from under the right wheel.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
It's chock full of pitfalls and stumbling-blocks, that make us cuss like mad.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
I'm chocking," said she after a time, "get off.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
Mabel was as chock full of literature as a Russian novel.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
He nodded to the men at the wheel chocks, waved his hand to Larkin and gave her the gun.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
The car in front of mine is chock full of Chinese.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Captain Hamilton himself and Drew chocked the interstices between the larger blocks with broken lava.
"Doubloons--and the Girl" by John Maxwell Forbes
Me and your mother wuz both young, both very much in love, both chock full o' hope and hard day's work.
"Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)" by John McElroy
O, it was lovely on our stable-ship, chock full of stallions.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Mosquito shuddered and trembled against her chocks.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
Because I'm chock-full o' science an' modern ideas?
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
But when a fellow's heart is chock-full, it's hard to shut down on it sometimes.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 95, September 1865" by Various
As it tilted, Gillian Murray forced chocks of metal underneath to hold it in place.
"Rich Living" by Michael Cathal
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In poetry:

She made her living by selling pies,
Her meat pies were a treat,
Chock full of meat and such a size
'Cos she was getting the meat from —
"Sweeney Todd, The Barber" by Weston and Lee
You may think that this poem's by Kipling,
I'll admit that its like him in places,
But here's where it came from, That's chockful of brains,
Except for the wide open spaces.
"The Wide Open Spaces" by Billy Bennett
I long to see its chock-full crowdedness
And glutted squirming populousness on fire
Like a field of filthy weeds
Burnt back to ash,
And then to see the new, real souls sprout up.
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence
I reckon tho' old Spense hed sign'd
With Satan queer law papers,
He'd fill'd that dairy up chock full
Of them thar patent capers.
Preacher once took fur sermon text--
"Rebellious patent vats.--What next?"
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
MER. Well, here I've been ready to be consulted, chockful of
reliable information—running over with celestial maxims—advice
gratis ten to four—after twelve ring the night bell in cases of
emergency.
"Thespis: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"You tell Doreen, yer wife, 'ow I am chock
Full to the neck wiv thanks fer things she sends.
Each time I shoves me foot inside a sock
I bless sich friends.
I'm bustin' wiv glad thorts fer things she did;
So tell 'er I serloots 'er, an' the kid.
"Rabbits" by C J Dennis

In news:

The 4.24.2012 edition of The Herald-Gazette is chock full of stories looking at the rebuilding and rejoicing as we approach the one year anniversary of the killer tornado.
Though it is chock-full of touristy flamenco shows, La Carbonería is where the aficionados converge.
This vegetarian hot-&-sour-inspired soup is chock-full of tofu and vegetables, plus noodles to make it hearty enough for dinner.
Only his version was chock-full of racy New York City -specific jokes.
BJ got a little chocked up cleaning out the garage.
Mayfield is chock-full of hamlets with notable names, including: Red Bunch, so called because of a cluster of houses all painted the same color .
When Allie Ryan was a young girl, she had an old school folder chock full of pictures of ideas she wanted to try someday.
NFC chock full of potential Super Bowl contender .
If you expected the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette 's fifth-generation small block Chevy V-8 to be chock full of technology, it sounds like you won't be disappointed.
If one hemisphere of the Gingrich brain is chock full of facts, maybe it's the other one that tosses the grenades.
Goldenboy's latest album is chock full of lush strings and beautiful melodies that are sure to make any heart sing.
Chances are your spice cabinet is chocked full of spices you rarely or never use, and that's too bad, because they're such a great way to make an inexpensive and flavorful meal.
BJ got a little chocked up cleaning out the garage .
The aggressive new $2 million "New Mexico True" campaign aims to show out-of-towners that the state is chock-full of adventure.
Chock this up to our simple minds: Guys apparently believe chicks wear red because they are looking to score.
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In science:

Khoulaki Université Hassan II Aïn Chock, Faculté des sciences. B.P. 5366 Maarif, Casablanca, Morocco J.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
Khoulaki Université Hassan II A ïn Chock, Faculté des sciences. B.P. 5366 Maarif, Casablanca, Morocco M.
Tests of a particle flow algorithm with CALICE test beam data
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